Residual materials management


Draft Amendment to the Plan

The Committee on the Environment will hold public consultation sessions from May 15 to 27, 2019 on the proposed amendment to the 2015-2020 Metropolitan Waste Management Plan. This change aims to take into account the important movements of recent events, such as the current recycling crisis, the impacts of plastics, the circular economy, etc. Here are some of the proposed additions:

  • Reduce the quantities of containers, packaging and printed matter
  • Raise the rates for companies that market containers, packaging and printed matter according to the degree of recyclability of the materials used
  • Reduce the use of plastic
  • Modernize the deposit
  • Control materials leaving sorting centers
  • Intensify information, awareness and education activities

Metropolitan Waste Management Plan 2015-2020

Adopted by the CMM Council on September 29, 2016, the 2015-2020 Metropolitan Waste Management Plan came into effect on January 28, 2017.

This plan takes into account the opinions, opinions, comments and suggestions made at each stage of a broad public consultation held in 2015.

In addition to achieving a recycling rate of 70% of recyclables by 2020, the 2015-2020 PMGMR's main goal is to recycle 60% of residual organic matter by 2025. In order to achieve these objectives, the PMGMR is based on seven orientations:

  • Respect the hierarchy of 3RV-E, with emphasis on source reduction and re-use.
  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by providing, on a regional basis, efficient waste treatment infrastructures and by optimizing collection and transportation activities.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the government's recycling targets for recyclable materials and organic materials.
  • Optimize recovery, recycling and recovery activities in place to improve the quality and quantity of recovered materials.
  • Identify sources of funding for the costs of setting up the infrastructure and measures to achieve the objectives.
  • Inform, educate and educate citizens, industries, businesses and institutions about the importance of participating in waste prevention, recovery and development activities.
  • Ensure the social acceptability and economic and environmental feasibility of treatment and recovery facilities.

The 2015-2020 PMGMR identifies 28 measures that will be put in place to meet the objectives set. Note that two specific measures concern the banishment of plastic bags. In addition to the application of these measures, the gradual commissioning of organic waste treatment facilities in the Greater Montreal area by 2022 will allow recovered organics to be processed and sent to the appropriate recycling channels.

The PMGMR applies to the 82 municipalities of the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal as well as to the municipalities of Saint-Placide and L'Épiphanie (Town and Parish). In accordance with section 53.24 of the Environment Quality Act, the local municipalities bound by the management plan are required to take the necessary measures to implement the plan on their territory. They are also required, within 12 months of the plan coming into force, to bring their regulations into line with the provisions of the plan.